Government response to the Productivity Commission inquiry

Government response to the Productivity Commission inquiry

Last updated 26 July 2017
Last updated 26 July 2017

The Government today set out its plan for delivering a strong and effective tertiary education system through its formal response to the Productivity Commission report into tertiary education.

The Productivity Commission’s report, New models of tertiary education, was released in March and is the most extensive review of the sector in more than a decade.

Government has taken this opportunity to set out a clear direction for work to safeguard a strong and effective sector in the face of rapid changes across our population, in our workplaces and through evolving technology. Government will focus on 4 key areas:

  • Creating a more student-centred system
  • Meeting the needs of industry through relevant, responsive, and supportive teaching
  • Improving performance across the system
  • Enabling and encouraging innovative new models and providers.

While the Government made it clear early on that it would not be accepting the Commission’s recommendation to reinstate student loan interest, this response now signals the Government’s approach to all 49 recommendations.

The Government will work with providers, employers, students and other stakeholders. This work will begin soon, including through engagement on the development of a new Tertiary Education Strategy in 2018.

Read the full Government response on Treasury’s website.